A MASTERFUL PERFORMANCE BY RONHILL CAMBUSLANG VETERAN RUNNERS

The club fielded an M35 6-man team and a 3-man M55 team along with an incomplete over M35 B team at the British Masters Road Relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 16th May. The long journey was made worthwhile as the M55 trio won team gold and the M35 sextet team silver.

The M55 race kicked off first with Paul Thompson on the opening leg. Paul was nervous considering he had had a bad experience last year when he was forced to stop and withdraw from the race on the final leg due to being unwell. On top of that he had been nursing a hamstring injury over the last month and had not trained much. His aim was to run steadily round the course and to hand over to Colin Feechan without putting too much pressure on his hamstring. Paul executed his plan very well to run his own race and finished 6th in 17:43 for the tough undulating 3 mile course. Colin had been assigned to work his way through the field and he brilliantly turned a 40 second deficit on the leader into an impressive 53 second lead. His clocking of 17:10 was the 3rd fastest time of the day which was only a few seconds slower than the first 2 finishers on leg 1 who had the benefit of an open race situation. It was left to Iain Campbell to anchor the squad to victory. Iain too was nervous not having raced for a year. However, as always he gave his usual 100% effort and increased our lead at the finish to 74 seconds with a time of 17:32 seconds. Last year’s winners Woodford Green overhauled Wirral in the closing stages to settle the silver and bronze medals.

The final race of the day saw the M35 and M45 runners compete for their respective awards. We had initially planned to field an over 45 quartet but this fell through as Charlie Thomson was drafted into the over 35 team from the older age group. Charlie and Scott Hunter for the B team led off. Charlie after a long period of injury had been getting himself fit again and had enjoyed some testing Saturday morning training reps with Stevie Wylie and was keyed up for the challenge ahead. Unfortunately things did not work out as planned as he finished in 57th place with a time of 17:26 with Scott 69th in 18:06. Anyone who knows Charlie will know that he does not offer any excuses but I will on his behalf. He had not been feeling 100% on the journey down the previous evening and on the morning of the race and obviously this was a mitigating factor. Over 3 decades Charlie has consistently put in inspiring and gritty performances to significantly help the club win medals at local, district, national and UK level. It was to be payback time for the remaining 5 runners to get the club back into the race and then into a medal position.

Robert Gilroy was now to take up the daunting challenge of eating into a 2 minute 25 second deficit behind the leader and 1:57 deficit behind eventual winners Thames Hare and Hounds. Undoubtedly Robert was the man for the task as he sliced through the field overhauling 48 runners to put the club into 9th place. Robert’s time of 14:47 was not only a club record taking 4 seconds off John Cowan’s time but was to be the 2nd fastest time of the day beaten only by Morpeth’s in form Ian Hudspith’s 14:31 on leg 4. The club was now 1 minute 26 seconds behind the leading club Thames Hare and Hounds. Debutant Frank McGowan making his comeback to the sport after a long break gained 22 places for the B team with an encouraging time of 16:44. Hopefully his performance on limited training will encourage him to train and compete more.

Jamie Reid’s plucky 16:16 stint, the 6th fastest on this leg, moved us up to 8th position and closer to the teams immediately in front although THH had increased their lead to 1 minute 57 seconds with Salford only 1 second behind. Mick O’Hagan gained another 9 places for the B squad with a time of 17:31. By halfway multi Scottish Masters Champion Kerry-Liam Wilson had put us into the bronze medal position and reduced THH’s lead to 1 minute 23 seconds and 2nd placed Salford to 51 seconds. Kerry was rewarded with the 2nd fastest time on his leg.
Iain Reid with 15:47, the 2nd fastest on leg 5, continued RHC’s comeback to snatch 2nd place from Salford in the closing stages and to cut back THH’s lead to 53 seconds. Stevie Wylie now set off on the last leg in pursuit of the leader while fending off an early counter challenge from the Salford runner and from the advancing Preston Harriers. Although Stevie ran 15:36 and the 2nd fastest leg as he closed the gap on THH to 24 seconds at the finish, he had run out of distance, but silver medals had been secured in what can only be described as a dramatic comeback. Spare a thought for Salford who had been in a medal winning position throughout the race until the last 400 metres when overhauled by the fast finishing Preston runner Robert Affleck.

Both results were testimony to the strong club spirit and competitiveness of our runners. Thanks also to Owen Reid for his support on the day and to Colin who dealt with the team entries, travel and accommodation. It also continued RHC’s excellent record in this UK championship with the club having won 7 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals across the age groups in recent years.

It was good to meet up with 2 of our athletes living in England Kenny MacPherson and Neil Wilkinson who now in the M45 category ran 16:26 for Tynebridge and 16:49 for Morpeth.

Well done also to The M35 Kirkintilloch Olympian team of Graham McCabe, Stephen Allan, Robert Keenan, Howard Elliott, David Hogg and Louis O’Hare who finished a creditable 10th on their debut. Perhaps more Scottish clubs will participate next year and RHC will be able to field teams in the M35, M45, M55 and M65 age groups!

David Cooney

M55 Winning Team

M55 Winning Team

M35 Silver Medalists

M35 Silver Medalists

RONHILL CAMBUSLANG HARRIERS WIN TEAM GOLD IN THE SCOTTISH 10 MILE ROAD RACE

The summer season began on a high note for Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers. On an unusually warm Easter Sunday the club won team gold in the Scottish 10 mile road championship held at Strathclyde Park in conjunction with the Tom Scott Memorial 10 mile race. Robert Gilroy in 4th place with support from Kerry-Liam Wilson and Stevie Wylie in 10th and 11th spot were the 3 club counters. Unfortunately Bobby Bristow in 12th place and only 1 second behind Stevie missed out on a Scottish gold medal. Bobby, however, had the consolation of recording a personal best time of 53.46 for the distance. Kerry-Liam and Stevie also gained individual silver and bronze medals in the 040 category behind Irvine’s David Miller. Kerry-Liam had twice previously won the vet race and Stevie the open race both in 1993 and 2003 with times of 47.29 and 48.25. Although Robert surrendered his Scottish title he had the consolation of reducing his pb to 51.02 as well as winning team gold. Shettleston finished 2nd team with Bellahouston Harriers packing well to secure a well deserved 3rd place in the Scottish team championship. In the individual event Craig Ruddy from Inverclyde AC dug deep to hold off Shettleston’s Tewolde Mengisteab with Corstorphine’s Michael Crawley not too far adrift. tomscottteam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The club had 9 other athletes completing the course. New member Willie MacRury in 56.01 and George Pettit in 57.36 both smashed their pbs by 6 minutes while James Healy, Colin Feechan and Alick Walkinshaw also recorded personal bests. Dan O’Connell 63.19, Justin Carter 65.59, David Stirling 79.39 and John McLuskey 83.05 all made their debut at this distance.

Elsewhere over Easter Alasdair Campbell won the Pollock 5K Parkrun where Des Dickson recorded a pb as did Justin Carter at Strathclyde Park. Both David Fearweather and Kirsty Grant also made a welcome return to competition there while Eddie Carr made his debut in an ultra distance event to successfully complete the Glasgow to Edinburgh race. David Cooney

A GOOD DAY OUT AT LIVINGSTON ON A WET SUNDAY AFTERNOON

All’s well that ends well so the saying goes and this turned out to be the case for Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers at the Scottish National Road Relays held at Livingston on Sunday. In the week leading up to the event there was an unprecedented number of call offs due to injuries and illness. However, our athletes co-operated well with the numerous changes to the teams which were made even up to the last minute. On the day we were delighted to retain our over 40 and 50 vet team titles and to win team bronze in the junior/senior event.
In addition, our 2 competing ladies were in 4th position at the halfway point in the race.

Our over 50 team of Dave Thom, Paul Thompson, Chris Upson and Colin Feechan led their age group from start to finish which was not surprising as Dave and Chris recorded the 2 fastest short legs of the day and Paul and Colin did likewise over the long stage. This was our 3rd successive victory in the 3 year history of the race and Dave and Colin have featured in all 3 winning teams. It was good to see former member Michael Freshour bring Bellahouston Harriers home in second place with Central AC 3rd. May I suggest that Scottish Athletics award silver and bronze medals to encourage more clubs to enter teams in this age group as is the case in the Scottish Cross Country Relays.

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M50 winning Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our over 40 sextet of Jamie Reid, Kerry-Liam Wilson, Craig Harrow, Greg Hastie, Mick O’Hagan and Stevie Wylie emphatically secured our 5th consecutive victory. Jamie who is getting back to fitness after bouts of recurring cold/flu over the last few months put us into 2nd spot which turned out to be the 2nd fastest vet time overall. Once Kerry – Liam with the 3rd fastest vet time of the day put us in the driving seat the 4 remaining runners added to our lead. Craig although a regular at club training nights for the last few years had not competed for over 25 years. However, he confirmed his training form in a race situation to extend our lead. Greg and Mick put in their customary reliable performances leaving the glory leg to Stevie. Stevie continued his comeback from a long injury spell to record the 2nd overall fastest vet O40 time only 5 seconds behind David Miller’s clocking. Well done to Kirkintilloch Olympians and Shettleston in finishing 2nd and 3rd. Our vets B team of Daniel O’Connell, James Healy, Tony McCutcheon, Alick Walkinshaw, Des Dickson and Brian Campbell finished a creditable 5th.

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The junior/senior race developed into a 2 horse battle between Kilbarchan and Central AC with the latter prevailing and securing their first team victory in this event. The fight for the bronze medal was between ourselves and Corstorphine as we gradually reeled them inbefore overtaking them on leg 4. Al Campbell set a course pb in bringing us home in 4th place and 8th fastest overall with Robert Gilroy on a very competitive leg dropping back to 7th. However, under 20 Ryan Thomson in his race debut put us back into 4th spot with the 5th fastest time of the day.

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Stuart Gibson with the 11th fastest clocking overall overhauled
Corstorphine’s Keith Hood to give outgoing runner Bobby Bristow a narrow lead of 5
seconds over former member Donald Macauley.

 

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However, 3rd place was not yet secured as Kyle McLellan faced a fierce counter attack from
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16350307903_bbc663f496_zKyle rose to the challenge starting out strongly and extending our lead to 78 seconds at the finish. In so doing Kyle recorded the 12th fastest time overall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16348315574_987148cf2e_z5 of the 3rd placed junior/senior team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to call offs the B team was a mixture of young and old, experienced and inexperienced athletes. Under 20 athlete Ross Stephen showed that he was recovering his form to hand over to George Pettit in 20th position which George maintained. The experienced Ben Hukins recovering from last month’s appendix operation gained 4 places and promising novice runner Alasdair Campbell moved us up to 14th. Veteran but recently new runners Iain Crawford and Eddie Carr were put in at the deep end to manfully complete the team which in the end finished only 22 seconds behind our vets B team. 3 others ran in a 6th team. Under 20 800m specialist John Ball kicked the team off with new members John McLuskey and David Stirling following on.

11098000_828907200479425_5773953509210184405_oFirst year under 20 Eve MacKinnon got the club off to a good start in finishing 5th which was the 7th fastest time of the day. Katie Bristow took up the challenge and pulled us up to 4th place with the 13th fastest time overall. Unfortunately our participation in the race ended at this point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to our 33 runners who took part and generated excellent team spirit and a big thanks to our coaches, other club members, parents and friends who supported and encouraged our athletes. Thanks also to Colin Stephen our race photographer. Last but not least a special thanks to Alan Ramage who volunteered his services as a steward. I am not sure whether he managed to fit in taking some photos as well.
It was pleasing to see Wegene Tafese returning to racing with a fine victory over a strong field at the Birnam Hill Race. Club captain Iain MacCorquodale was last years winner.

David Cooney

 

photos by Bobby Gavin, Alan Ramage and Colin Stephen

National Cross Country Feb 22 – results update

Following a review, it appears that the club retained the AT Mays Trophy at the National Cross County Championships in Falkirk. This trophy is awarded to the best male club across the 5 different age groups at the Scottish XC Champs. 

Originally we tied with Central AC but lost to them on the tie break which is the relative position of the 2 clubs in the senior men's race.  However, a mistake in calculating the results was made on the day which wrongly awarded the trophy to Central.  Well done, therefore, to our junior boys,  junior men and senior men who were 4th team, to our youths who were 8th and to our senior boys who were 2nd.  Your team places retained this prestigious award for the club.

The club has won this trophy for the 4th year in a row and overall on 20 of the 27 occasions since it was introduced.  It is a tremendous achievement to have been so consistently successful over such a long period.  A big thanks is due to our athletes, coaches, officials, parents and supporters.  Well done.

David Cooney

DBTR 10k & 3k Provisional Results

Here are the final results from today's races, please let us know of any errors, thanks to all who ran in today's challenging conditions. DBTR 20150301 3k & 10k Final Results

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Great team spirit shines as RHC reclaim both team titles at Scottish Masters XC Champs

Arguably the biggest event of the year for most Scottish veteran athletes, this year it also clashed with the Scottish Masters indoors champs, and some of our athletes had difficult choices to make, and it was heartening that our key athletes put team before self on this occasion. Scottish Athletics have to be given due credit for at least moving the 3000m to an earlier date, with the original date for the indoor champs being moved due to a Tennis Davis cup match at the Emirates arena.

Some of our mature athletes performed excellently at the indoor champs, with David Cooney scooping gold in the M65 1500m, Barnie Gough medalled twice (M60 1500m silver & 800m bronze) whilst Archie Jenkins took bronze in the M60 1500m race.

It's not been very often in recent years that both of our vets M40 and M50 teams entered any race as underdogs but such is the level of competition these days that both were the underdogs. Two late enforced call-offs didn't help, with on form Jamie Reid failing a late fitness test, and anglo scot Kenny MacPherson having to miss the event that he medalled individually and for the team last year.

Last years M40+ team champions Corstorphine AC appeared favourites on paper to retain their title in Kilmarnock, led by the in-form Keith Hood, whilst M50+ Scottish Relay champs Shettleston and bronze medallists Edinburgh AC looked particularly strong in this age group, with last year's winners Portobello AC fielding last year's winning team, led by vets internationalists Peter Buchanan and Willie Jarvie.

RHC are one of the very few teams who are capable of winning both titles, and always set their stall out to attempt to do so, even though the quality of their M50+ athletes has seen them counting for the M40 team to the detriment of the M50 team title.

Not for the first time there appeared to be a steely determination in the eyes of the RHC athletes on the start line, guts were about to be spilled. The course should have included 3 submersions of the "swamp", but such was the depth of the water that the swamp was disappointingly bypassed and the athletes had to use the adjoining path instead.

From the off Davie Millar of Irvine led the field, closely tracked by defending champion Kerry-Liam Wilson, Stevie Wylie, Keith Hood and Neil Smith of Anster Haddies. Whilst Millar eventually faded, Keith Hood came through to claim his first Masters XC title, with Kerry-Liam (M40 silver) finishing 2nd and with a track record of being in the 1st 2 for all of the last 7 years this was another excellent performance to lead the team home.

Stevie Wylie (M40 bronze) was well clear in 3rd place, great reward for an excellent comeback year after many injury setbacks of late. 3rd man home for the club was Greg Hastie (M45 silver) who had a brilliant run to finish in 11th place, even though he knew he was giving up almost certain M45 indoor golds.

With Corstorphine's 3rd counter coming in just behind Greg the team title, as predicted, was all down to the 4th counter for both teams. As it transpired RHC managed to get another 4 athletes home before our opponents and the team title was back in RHC hands. In fact it was another great run, this time by Chris Upson (M50 Gold), only 7 days after the birth of his daughter Flora Edith, who finished in 13th place and also secured the M50 individual title, so 2 golds to take home to Benjamin & Flora.

Attention was now turning to the M50+ team title, with Chris no longer being eligible to count twice. If ever a club needs a Mr Reliable to step forward then the renowned ex-world cross country competitor Eddie Stewart is your man. Having flown over from Prague to give the club a great pre-race boost, "Steady Eddie", as he is affectionately known, finished only 7 seconds behind Chris in 15th place to claim the M55 gold and to be our 1st M50 counter. Next home in 22nd place was Colin Feechan (M55 Silver) and our 3rd counter was eagerly anticipated. Dave Thom, who was Scotland's outstanding M50 athlete only 3 years ago, has suffered with a loss of form since, with the after effects of a debilitating virus the likely source. However, whilst he is at last showing a return to form, he knew exactly what was required of him team wise and focussed to ensure he was ahead of as many competitors as possible, and his just reward was ensuring that he was our 3rd counter and the M50m title was once again in RHC's hands. Shettleston Harriers and last year's victors Portobello AC were 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Although not picking up team medals many of our athletes were playing a vital role in putting daylight between ourselves and our opponents. Mick O'Hagan came home in 34th place (7th M45), and XC debutant Michael Barker performed well to finish in 41st place. Dave Thom, as previously mentioned, finished in the top 50 and fellow M50 Alick Walkinshaw wasn't far behind in a very creditable 59th position. Scott Hunter and James Healy were next home for the club, closely followed by another XC debutant Des Dickson and Jimmy Zaple, who is on the comeback trail after a 2 year injury incurred break. M60 Peter Ogden continues to improve week by week and was pleased with his run.

Unluckiest athlete of the day was M60 Frank Hurley, well clear and on track for a consecutive hattrick of gold titles when his left shoe disintegrated early on the 3rd lap and he had no choice but to withdraw, his first ever DNF in over 35 years of competing.

Well done to all competitors, RHC vets once again deliver the goods on the day.

Results from Saturdays Club Handicap

Results from today’s Xmas handicap races, well done to all:
Pos Name Finish Time H’cap Actual Time
1 Fergus McGregor 09:42 01:30 08:12
2 Gordan Davis 10:02 01:35 08:27
3 Morven Crawford 10:09 00:00 10:09
4 Ross Tracey 10:11 01:05 09:06
5 Niamh Riggins 10:11 01:20 08:51
6 Eva Ritchie 10:29 00:00 10:29
7 Robbie Woods 10:40 01:25 09:15
8 Owen Gaugan 10:43 01:20 09:23
 

 

 

Pos Name Finish H’cap Actual
1 Ruaridh McGregor 11:00 01:50 09:10
2 Lauren McEwan 11:11 01:15 09:56
3 Keir Crawford 11:21 01:25 09:56
4 Katie Moss 11:29 00:00 11:29
5 Aaron Greig 11:32 01:10 10:22
6 Max Monteith 11:43 01:10 10:33
7 Charlotte Moss 12:18 00:00 12:18
8 Evan Theobald 14:26 04:30 09:56
Pos Name Finish H’cap Actual
1 Craig Woods 15:14 0 15:14
2 Eve McKinnon 15:40 02:50 12:50
3 Paul Thompson 15:50 03:00 12:50
4 Des Dickson 16:04 02:10 13:54
5 Alick Walkinshaw 16:13 02:40 13:33
6 Dan O’Connell 16:15 02:00 14:15
7 Gavin Smith 16:16 03:50 12:26
8 Dave Thom 16:21 03:29 12:52
9 Colin Feechan 16:21 03:40 12:41
10 Stewart Millar 16:29 0 16:29
11 Angus Smith 16:36 02:00 14:36
12 Eamon Carr 16:40 02:40 14:00
13 Jack McGregor 16:41 03:55 12:46
14 Struan Paton 16:43 04:30 12:13
15 Drew Pollock 16:44 03:35 13:09
16 Greig Hastie 16:49 04:25 12:24
17 Ryan Steven 16:53 03:55 12:58
18 Robert Rossburgh 17:03 01:50 15:13
19 Iain Crawford 17:06 01:40 15:26
20 Stevie Wylie 17:08 05:10 11:58
21 Ali Campbell 17:13 05:30 11:43
22 David Stirling 17:15 0 17:15
23 John McLuskey 17:18 0 17:18
24 Iain Reid 17:23 05:20 12:03
25 Lewis Tracy 17:27 03:45 13:42
26 Barnie Gough 17:30 02:50 14:40
27 Euan Millar 17:37 03:30 14:07
28 Eddie Carr 17:40 01:50 15:50
29 David Cooney 18:02 01:40 16:22

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